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The Powers of Flowers: Stress, Image, and Brain Improvements

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Flowers are drawn with nature's artistic hand across a landscape canvas. With bright colors flowers offer something more than a beautiful landscape but a tantalizing feast for our eyes and food for our soul. There is something inherent in flowers that brighten our day and help us think about how beautiful the wild can really be. Flowers are a powerful representation of emotion and beauty. They are so powerful that those who hold onto a bunch of flowers seem to have a positive aura about them. Consider a study of male and female hitchhikers holding onto flowers. Men holding flowers got a ride by both sexes more than either women with or without flowers (Gueguen, Meineri & Stefan, 2012). Flowers seem to make us more approachable and provide a trait of aesthetic appreciation. Those that can find beauty in this world seem to carry with them traits that include empathy, kindness, and sensitivity. There is no doubt why artists, poets, and painters love flowers. It is also ben

Elephants Show Empathy To Each Other

Asian elephants show empathy like humans, apes, dogs, and certain birds. When members of the herd sense stress in another elephant they make sounds, use their trunks and other touching actions to show they are supporting and caring for the stressed member. This is the herd tendency of a species that relies on each other for survival.  Researchers watched the elephants for some time to see how they act and interact with each other. Stressors come from their environment and can include anything from potential predators to mating partners.   When an elephant becomes stressed they erect their tails, flare their ears, and sometimes make other sounds and motions.  The behavior is part of their ability to protect each other and keep order within their herd. When stress occurs other elephants rally around to protect the stressed individual. This helps in ensuring mutual protection among the members and developing a protective collective stance. Likewise, elephants were known to cel

Checking Out with DNA Barcodes

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Looks are deceiving among gulls. Young ring-billed gulls have brown spots and can look different than adult gulls. Coding helps to determine if they are the same or different species to avoid mislabeling. Info DNA mapping of species is becoming a popular practice due to its accuracy. Researchers have difficulty seeing small differences among species that are similar and have moved to mapping chloroplast DNA. ( 1 ). The concept has been called DNA barcoding because each species comes with a unique map that helps to denote their origins.  Researchers believe that the DNA bar coding trend will likely help understand marine species and development ( 2 ). Sometimes sea life is hard to discern from each other. At other times, species found on the coast are decomposed and difficult to identify. By testing their DNA they are able to find out what they are, where they came from, and the school that is in the area.  Bird mapping is already in process. Most bird species dive

Call for Papers: GE-International Journal of Engineering Research

Paper Submission Date: 20 th January, 2014  www.gerp.co.uk Call for Submission Vol 2 Issue 1 FROM Double Blind GE-International Journal of Engineering Research ISSN: 2321-1717 Indexed / Listed at: International ISSN Directory, Paris  Submission Research paper prepared in MS word template with double – column in single spaced typed pages should be submitted electronically as attachment at E-mail Id of Journal mentioned below. The manuscripts in all the subject areas are welcome. Moreover, submitted manuscript must not be previously accepted for publication elsewhere.  Place to submit research: editorgerp@gmail.com Last day of submission: 20 th January, 2014 

Short Story: Dusk to Dusk, Ashes to Ashes

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Painting by Dr. Murad Abel Short stories have the ability to spark the imagination and lead the reader with a thought or concept to ponder. Each store is unique and became popular over the 17 th and 18 th centuries from the storytelling of the past. They made their way into magazines, books, newspapers and other printed works. The short story is designed to quickly entertain the reader while leaving a lasting impression. Short short stories, or flash fiction, has a basic structure such as the exposition (introduction), complication, climax and resolution. The difficulty with such stories is that they are so short it is hard to build a story with dynamic characters and therefore descriptions are generally brief and artistic. It isn’t easy to write a clear store within a page or two. Short stories are also known in China where they are called “smoke long” which means they are finished in about the time you smoke a cigarette. Most of the great writers like Ernest Hemingw